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Wednesday, March 13

Please join us on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 when the 786 Club (the Union League Club of Chicago organization supporting the U.S. Navy submarine USS Illinois/SSN 786) welcomes to its quarterly luncheon Navy Admiral Frank Caldwell, Jr., Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

Admiral Caldwell graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering; he also holds an M.S. in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. His prior commands include USS Jacksonville; Submarine Development Squadron in New London, Connecticut; Submarine Group 9 in Bangor, Washington; and Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Hawaii. His operational assignments include duty as engineering officer on USS Alabama and executive officer on USS Buffalo. Ashore, Caldwell served on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, as Undersea Warfare Requirements officer on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and as deputy commander for U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command. His most recent tour was with the Office of Naval Operations Staff as the Director, Navy Staff. He assumed his duties as Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in August 2015.

The 786 Club lunch begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and program at noon and adjournment by 1:30 p.m. The price is $35 per person (plus Eventbrite fee, includes tax and gratuity) and advance registration is required; those who are not members of the Union League Club of Chicago may register at https://admcaldwell.eventbrite.comPlease note: the Union League Club of Chicago maintains a “business casual” dress code – i.e., no jeans/denim or athletic wear, please. For more information, please call the Union League Club’s Public Affairs office at (312) 435-5946.


Friday, February 22

The 786 Club received a generous contribution of $3995 from members of the Union League Club of Chicago.  This was as a result of the ULC’s 2018 Military Organization Support Campaign which is an annual effort.  In round numbers, this is the same level of support we received last year from ULC members.  This Campaign also supports the Chicago 502 and the 721 Club.  We’re very grateful for this show of support and as opportunities present themselves be sure to thank members of the Union League Club for their generous and continued support.


Tuesday, February 12

The first 786 Club Quarterly Luncheon for 2019 was held at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Our guest speaker was Navy Admiral (Ret.) Cecil Haney, former Commander of Pacific Fleet and U.S. Stragetic Command.  He provided insightful comments on potential adversaries around the world and challenges facing the Navy. Admiral Haney also spent time with the students at the Rickover Academy in Chicago.



Please join us for our next quarterly luncheon when our guest speaker will be Admiral Frank Caldwell Jr.  Admiral Caldwell is the current Head of Naval Reactors.  This luncheon is expected to be in June and we’re working with his staff now to set the exact date.   Everyone is advised to reserve a seat quickly when this date is released.